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Thursday, December 9, 2021

Employees at Netflix stage a walkout in protest of Dave Chappelle’s transphobic remarks

Two former Netflix employees who spoke out against anti-transgender slurs on Dave Chappelle’s TV special have dropped their labour complaints, and one has quit, the company announced Monday. After a Dave Chappelle special, Netflix employees abandon their labour complaint, and one resigns.

According to critics, Chappelle’s comedy special The Closer mocks transgender individuals. Terra Field, a transgender senior software engineer, mentioned on Sunday about her willingly departing the company. “This isn’t how I expected things to finish, but I’m relieved to have closure,” Field wrote in an online resignation letter.

​​The Closer, a comedy special by Dave Chappelle, premiered on October 1 and has racked up millions of views since then. The comedian’s harsh remarks towards the transgender community, on the other hand, sparked outrage among Netflix employees and campaigners.

On October 20, some 30 Netflix employees staged a walkout and attended a rally at the company’s Los Angeles headquarters.

A complaint was made with the National Labour Relations Board by Field and B. Pagels-Minor, a trans game launch operations program manager. They said Netflix retaliated against the workers in order to silence them about working conditions, including “Netflix’s products and its impact of selections on the LGBTQ+ community.”

“We have resolved our issues in a way that respects the erosion of trust on both sides and, we hope, enables everyone to move on,” Netflix said in a statement on Monday.

Netflix was slammed not only for the program but also for how it handled employee complaints in internal memos, including co-CEO Ted Sarandos’ argument that “material on screen doesn’t directly correlate to real-world harm.”

Source: CBC News

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